‘5 Years / 5 Questions’ with David Bray

David Bray 'Perseid - Bounce Version Error' - 15x22.5 - Ink / Mixed Media on paper (+ additional bonus elements)

“If you’re looking for one art show to attend this year, I’d like to suggest Thinkspace’s upcoming 5 Year Anniversary blow out. Established in 2005, Thinkspace is one of the few galleries who doesn’t just follow trends, they start them.” MyModernMet.com

’5 Years / 5 Questions’ with David Bray

Tell us a little bit about your piece for Thinkspace’s ‘5 Year Anniversary Show’ this November?
It’s loosely based on being hit on the head with a meteor, and resultant personality change! The rocks in the work are real meteors – literally from outer space!

What were you doing back in 2005 when Thinkspace started?
In 2005 I moved into a photographer’s office, he let me use a corner desk. It was an exciting time.

Name 5 things you can’t live without in your studio?
Paper, pen, coffee, drawing table, lightbulbs

Where do you hope to be 5 years from now?
A new city. Berlin, New York, Sydney, Copenhagen , Los Angeles – doesn’t matter. Feel like a change of view… Any offers?

What have you got coming up in 2011?
Solo show at Stolen Space early 2011, solo show at Thinkspace in july 2011, working on photographic side project under the alias Falk Jensen, largescale drawings in new cities, working with a Parisian band, and working with various production.

Artist website: www.davidbray.eu

Check out the ‘Sneak Peek’ for our 5 Year Anniversary group show here:
Two-page ad for November issue of Juxtapoz

‘5 Year Anniversary Show’
Group exhibition showcasing 48 artists representing our past, present and future with a featured installation from Johnny ‘KMNDZ’ Rodriguez

Opening Reception: Sat, Nov. 6th, 2010 7-10PM
On view: Nov. 6th – Nov. 27th, 2010

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd in Culver City / www.thinkspacegallery.com

‘5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Gaia – Thinkspace 5 Year Anniversary Show (Sat, Nov. 6th)

GAIA 'Subversion of Korean Post Colonial Identity' - Acrylic on paper mounted to hand-cut wood panel

“If you’re looking for one art show to attend this year, I’d like to suggest Thinkspace’s upcoming 5 Year Anniversary blow out. Established in 2005, Thinkspace is one of the few galleries who doesn’t just follow trends, they start them.” MyModernMet.com

’5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Gaia

Tell us a little bit about your piece for Thinkspace’s ‘5 Year Anniversary Show’ this November?
The hybrid of the Tiger and Rabbit signifies the annual transition in the Korean calendar. Furthermore, these archetypal symbols of aggression and submission address the hierarchy of japanese colonization and contemporary korean identity. Situated in Hongdae, the center of Seoul’s fashion and nightlife, the neighborhood is the confluence of traditional korean culture and American influence.

What were you doing back in 2005 when Thinkspace started?
I was fifteen. I was a wigger doing my PSAT’s.

Name 5 things you can’t live without in your studio?
Gin, Anoushe, foosball table, projector, tape.

Where do you hope to be 5 years from now?
Doing museum shows would be incredible…

What have you got coming up in 2011?
A couple things in the mix with the Irvine Contemporary, Nelly Duff, residency in Korea, traveling throughout the UK, and a gig with Gallery Heist.

Artist website: www.flickr.com/photos/gaiastreetart

Check out the ‘Sneak Peek’ for our 5 Year Anniversary group show here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157625035068712/

‘5 Year Anniversary Show’
Group exhibition showcasing 48 artists representing our past, present and future with a featured installation from Johnny ‘KMNDZ’ Rodriguez

Opening Reception: Sat, Nov. 6th, 2010 7-10PM
On view: Nov. 6th – Nov. 27th, 2010

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd in Culver City / www.thinkspacegallery.com

‘Bad Dads: A Tribute To Wes Anderson’ this weekend in SF

Dave MacDowell 'Fly' - featured in 'Bad Dads: A Tribute To Wes Anderson'

In honor of one of America’s most beloved filmmakers, Spoke Art has put together ‘Bad Dads: A Tribute To Wes Anderson’ which is being held at LoPo Gallery up in San Francisco this weekend. The show features over 70 artists including amazing contributions from Thinkspace family members Dave MacDowell (pictured above), Dabs Myla, Caia Koopman, and Ana Bagayan.

All the artists in the show have been given carte blanche with their interpretations of the characters and stories that have become deeply embedded in cult film psyche. Anderson’s screenplays typically revolve around bizarre family dynamics and deeply flawed patriarchal characters hellbent on redemption including such iconic film characters as Max Fisher (Rushmore), Eli Cash (Royal Tenenbaums) and Steve Zissou (The Life Aquatic).

Sat, Oct 30th (6PM-Midnight)
Lopo Gallery
1141 Polk in San Francisco, CA
http://lopogallery.com/
www.spokeart.net

‘5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Sarah Joncas – Thinkspace 5 Year Anniversary Show (Sat, Nov. 6th)

Sarah Joncas 'Foreboding' - Oil on canvas

This November Thinkspace will celebrate our 5 Year Anniversary. To help celebrate we’ve put together a group show we can’t wait for everyone to see this coming November.

’5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Sarah Joncas

Tell us a little bit about your piece for Thinkspace’s ‘5 Year Anniversary Show’ this November?
Much of the painting was developed on a whim, but as it progressed, a lot of native inspired imagery surfaced. I enjoyed the mixing of something sincerely natural with the plastic, funky appeal of a modern looking girl – even the markings are meant to look like they’ve been made with the lipstick she’s wearing.

What were you doing back in 2005 when Thinkspace started?
I was in my last year of high school, preparing to leave for art college to study ‘drawing and painting’ in Toronto.

Name 5 things you can’t live without in your studio?
My music, the cat, paint supplies, the computer, my pajamas…

Where do you hope to be 5 years from now?
I just want to be painting and living self sustainable… I’d hate to revert back in any way.

What have you got coming up in 2011?
I have a solo show in NYC at the Last Rites Gallery in April owned by Paul Booth. Have already started the work, too. I’m pretty excited! The work is certainly getting darker for this one.

Artist website: www.teapartylove.digitalinkz.com

Check out the ‘Sneak Peek’ for our 5 Year Anniversary group show here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157625035068712/

‘5 Year Anniversary Show’
Group exhibition showcasing 48 artists representing our past, present and future with a featured installation from Johnny ‘KMNDZ’ Rodriguez

Opening Reception: Sat, Nov. 6th, 2010 7-10PM
On view: Nov. 6th – Nov. 27th, 2010

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd in Culver City / www.thinkspacegallery.com

Beyond Eden 2010 opens strong with 3,000 out to support

Beyond Eden event organizer Andrew Hosner with man of the hour Robert Williams and Beyond Eden publicist and right hand man Lee Joseph

“…I’ve been coming to this place for 47 years and believe me, 10 years ago you couldn’t have this kind of art in this venue. Abstract expressionism, Conceptualism ruled here until right up until recently. If you come here and you take this for granted you are making a big mistake, cause a lot had to change in this country to have a show like this. I just want to thank all of you people and I’m just, overwhelmed, absolutely overwhelmed. “
– Robert Williams upon receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at Beyond Eden 2010

BEYOND EDEN 2010 opened with a blast this past weekend drawing nearly 4,000 people total over the weekend to the beautiful grounds of Barnsdall Park and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.

We would like to thank everyone who came out to support the artists and to extend our gratitude to the staff at LAMAG for making the event possible and nurturing it into such an overwhelming success. Saturday night’s opening reception alone drew well over 3,000 people and the energy in the air was palpable.

At 8pm when the time came to present the one and only Robert Williams with a Lifetime Achievement award, the venue was simply packed with a crowd of friends and revelers that stretched outside into the municipal gallery’s courtyard. Robert Williams, ever a gentleman, was gracious and ribald during the well received presentation.

We can’t stress enough what a huge honor it was to have Robert–the progenitor of contemporary West Coast art–there and to be able to present him with this award in front of all his friends and family. It was truly the crowning moment of an already amazing night that saw so many new people exposed to the thriving New Contemporary Art Movement. Long ignored by the mainstream, this movement continues to gain momentum and supporters all the while further breaking down the doors at institutions and museums the world over. A new generation of artists and art enthusiasts is rewriting the rule books and we are excited that BEYOND EDEN can serve as a vehicle of enlightenment and change.

Beyond Eden 2010 title wall
Shark Toof installation at Beyond Eden 2010
Bumblebee's installation for Beyond Eden 2010
Dabs Myla's installation for Beyond Eden 2010

Check out pictures from the opening night reception here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157625160997928/

Thank you all again for the magnificent support of BEYOND EDEN 2010 – we look forward to seeing you all again next year!!!

* Pictures courtesy of Sam Graham and Andrew Hosner